Ibex rod-holder

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
Iron Age
7th–4th century B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 15.3 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number

30.569

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This bronze rod-holder is cast in the form of two opposing, rampant ibexes (or rams) rendered with slender, stylized proportions with upwardly extending, but curved horns, notched manes, and twisted tails. The metal is a copper-colored bronze that carries a dull grayish patina.

Provenance

By 1930, acquired in Iran, probably by Ayoub Rabenou, Paris; 1930, sold by Rabenou, through Arthur Upham Pope (b. 1881 - d. 1969), Paris, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: August 7, 1930)

NOTE: MFA accession nos. 30.544-30.637 were purchased from Arthur Upham Pope for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission. According to Pope, the majority of the group belonged to Rabenou.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund